punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,
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You from my elemetary school? Or Travis Chikn?

Actually, I think this may apply to many kids who had PE or Gym in the 1970s (and possibly earlier). Yes, yes, we all know I hated gym. But this is an odd memory I have tried to describe to people over and over for a while and almost nobody had heard of it. Even busli and ironkite raised an eyebrow at me.

But I actually found it. I couldn’t have been the only one who remembered this. Any one of my other Lewinsville readers remember this monstrosity that Mrs. Flemming made us do? Yecch... One of the many stupid things we did was do exercises to some worn-out record about chicken fat. No, really! And in the back of my head, I remember some Broadway musical theme:

Touch down... every morning... TEN TIMES! Not just... now and then... give that chicken fat back to the chicken... and don’t be chicken again!

Yeah. I found it. Robert Preston’s, “Chicken Fat.” It’s apparently a song written by Meredith Wilson of “Music Man” fame, which explains the almost... limp-wristed musical approach. I could hear Dom DeLuise as Buddy Bizarre scream, “Cut, cut, cut, this is a closed set!” It was commissioned by John Kennedy for his new Youth Fitness Program. A copy of this record was sent to every school in the U.S. with the idea that it would be played over the P.A. every morning while students did calisthenics. Imagine Harold Hill leading a Jazzercise class.

Link to mp3, courtesy of WFMU
Tags: chicken fat, childhood, gym, school
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